Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Barca To Improve On 37-2 Aggregate Lead!


Real Madrid - Levante - Saturday 15.00 GMT

It'll be a home win here, of course, but what type of win will it be? It has been a strange start to the La Liga season and Real Madrid's performances typify this.

After seven games played, Real remain undefeated and in doing so have scored 15 goals, and there's nothing unusual about that you might think. However 11 of those goals have been scored in just two games, five at home against Real Betis and six away at Espanyol. That means just four were scored in the five other La Liga games against Sporting Gijon, Granada, Malaga, Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid. 

Cristiano Ronaldo has five La Liga goals in seven appearances, again pretty standard stuff by his standards, but all five were scored in the one match (Espanyol). That is six scoreless games for CR7. A crisis!

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Karim Benzema has been the standout striker so far with six league goals. Point-winning strikes against Granada (1-0), two versus Athletic in a 2-1 win and the opening goal away in the 1-1 draw at Atletico make him such an important player thus far for Rafa Benitez.

However there's no Benzema this week! He will be missing having picked up an injury whilst on international duty. He is now facing a race against time to be fit for the Champions League game away at PSG in his native France on Wednesday evening. 

Despite these concerns, Levante are ideal opponents for Real to face in these circumstances, coming after the International break and before a tough Champions League fixture in Paris. They deploy a five-man defence system and Real have to be aware of the attacking threat on the break from their new Brazilian striker Deyversen, who has created a good impression in the early stages of this season.

I'm going for a 2-0 home win though, with the fit again Welsh hero Gareth Bale and Ronaldo the scorers.

Terry’s Tips

Ronaldo to score and Real to win – 1.45

Bale to score and Real to win – 2.10

 

Real to win 2-0 – 9.00

 

Barcelona - Rayo Vallecano - Saturday 19.30 GMT

Barca started the season on fire with four wins from four, but the last three games have seen a turnaround in form.

Defeats at Celta and Sevilla with a stuttering 2-1 home win against newly promoted Las Palmas have seen Barca lose momentum. But somehow due to this unpredictable La Liga season (I'm getting my excuses in) they are level on points with Real Madrid and only one behind table topping Villarreal. I told you this season is strange! 

Certainly Lionel Messi is going to be be missed until his return to fitness, but Barca will surely still have too much for 15th place Rayo.

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They are a unique team under coach Paco Jemez. For the last two seasons they have been the team that have conceded the most goals, 80 and 68. They drew only four games in both 2013/14 and 14/15, but they have always won enough games (15 last season) to comfortably survive. 

It is all or nothing for Jemez, and nothing in between. He is the type of coach who doesn't mind all out attack, risking defeats in order to get a win and his reasoning works. I wish there were more coaches like him. 

Here's the 'but' though. In eight games against Barca since their return to the top flight, Rayo have lost all eight with an aggregate score of 37-2! 

Despite Barca being Messi-less I'm not expecting things to change, and I'm going for a 5-0 Barca win with Luis Suarez and Neymar to torment Rayo. 

Terry’s Tips

Suarez to score and Barca to win – 1.63

Neymar to score and Barca to win – 1.78

 

Barca to win 5-0 – 17.00

 

VIllarreal - Celta Vigo - Sunday 11.00 GMT

Top of the table Villarreal face third place Celta Vigo in what should be a very entertaining affair on Sunday morning. Both teams are very easy on the eye with their style of play and this should be a good watch. 

Also both teams possess players who performed remarkably well in the two Spain games during the International break. Villarreal's Right back Mario Gaspar marked his International debut with the winning goal against Ukraine, whilst Celta Vigo's impressive left winger Nolito caught the eye with two assists in the win against Luxembourg as a sub, and then impressed in his first competitive start against Ukraine.

They will be in direct opposition this Sunday though, who will come out on top? 

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Villarreal had the better comfortably last season with a 4-1 win at home and an away 3-1 victory at Los Balaidos. 

Despite their impressive starts to the seaso, both teams suffered set backs in the last round of fixtures. Villarreal were defeated away by lowly Levante 1-0 and Celta were lacklustre drawing 0-0 at home to Getafe.

Can Villarreal maintain top position or will Celta overtake them? I'm going for the draw and Real Madrid to be top after week 8.

I'll say 2-2. With likely goalscorers coming in the form of Leo Baptistao, who is now showing form, and don't forget the rejuvenated Roberto Soldado. Likewise for Celta, Iago Aspas is another ex-Premier League player who is now back to his best and enjoying his football once again, and don't discount Nolito topping off a fine personal week.

Terry’s Tips

Leo Baptistao to score at any time – 3.00

Iago Aspas to score at any time – 3.75 

2-2 Draw – 15.00